Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is an international network of non-profit, volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among elderly. We offer the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life.
Learn more about our work through our quarterly newsletters. They feature past events, volunteer opportunities and heartfelt accounts about the lives of our elderly friends.
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Our history dates back to the mid 1900s with Armand Marquiset of France, but our mission in Greater Cincinnati is more than fifteen years in the making. Each year LBFE serves hundreds of tri–state elderly through outreach programs, all designed to relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly and to assist them in living quality lives. Learn more about our services.
Although we are headquartered near Mt. Airy Forest, the Cincinnati chapter serves elderly in over 90 communities across Hamilton and Clermont counties. We currently have more than 450 elderly in our network who we assist in some manner.
LBFE receives no state or federal funding and relies solely on the kindness of donors, both individual and corporate. Local businesses, such as W.W. Grainger, have generously supported our mission through grants, donations and in–kind gifts.
"Because above all, people need love." was the reason that Little Brothers' founder, French nobleman, Armand Marquiset (1900 – 1981) entered the lives of lonely and isolated elderly in France in 1946. After witnessing the suffering and hardships of the elderly after World War II, Marquiset began visiting and delivering hot meals with flowers to elderly poor people in Paris. He believed that "the greatest poverty is the poverty of love".
From the beginning, Marquiset intended this mission for all people in all places. To "spread" the Little Brothers "around the world" was an essential part of his testimony…and so we have: What began as the work of one man is today carried on by tens of thousands of Little Brothers in nine countries.
Our motto, "Flowers Before Bread," reflects our belief that "man cannot live by bread alone."
Since the opening of the first United States chapter in 1959 Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly has been serving socially isolated elders in the spirit of our motto flowers before bread. This signifies that in addition to the basic necessities of life, each one of us has a strong need for the special pleasures that make life worth living.
At all of our locations we treat our elderly friends as individuals, offering them the gifts of respect and love. As a volunteer based organization, we rely on people of good will to join us in our efforts. All of our services are free to the elderly and are designed to relieve the isolation and loneliness that can produce emotional pain and mental and physical deterioration.